Three U.S. service members killed by an IED in Afghanistan

Kaylah Jackson
April 08, 2019 - 3:29 pm
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(US Army Photo by Sgt James Dansi)

Three U.S. service members were killed from an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan Monday, according to military officials.

Previously, the Defense Department announced one contractor was also killed in the attack but officials have now found the contractor, an Afghan citizen, who was reported as killed, is alive.  The contractor was initially treated along with other injured civilians,  but was later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.  

The IED attack on a convoy also injured three other U.S. service members. Those individuals are currently receiving medical care.

"We feel and mourn the loss of these Americans with their families and loved ones. They volunteered to protect their country.  We will continue our mission,” said Gen. Scott Miller, Commanding General of Resolute Support and United States Forces – Afghanistan.

This makes seven total U.S. service members who have been killed in action in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2019.

On January 17, Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock died from wounds received during combat operations in Badghis Province. Later, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua “Zach” Beale was killed as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province.

Last month, Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay and Spc. Joseph P. Collette – both stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, died "while engaged in combat operations." 

In according with DoD policy, the names of the service members killed will be withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin has been notified. 

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated three U.S. service members and a contractor had been killed in an improvised explosive device attack during a convoy in Afghanistan. Military officials confirmed Tuesday the contractor was found alive.

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